RANDOM DOPE> Forza Motorsport 4 Reviewed

Aston Martin Forza Motorsport 4 video game review Turn 10 Microsoft Xbox 360 Yoshi Shindo FM4

I love Forza Motorsport 4! As an avid fan of the Forza Motorsport Series, I was more than excited to have the opportunity to get my hands on the Forza Motorsport 4 video game before it was released to the general public! I must say, I had high expectations for Forza 4, since I’ve always had Forza 3 as the game I could always turn to when I got sick of playing everything else.

After the longest week of my life (I was checking my mailbox pretty much every hour to see if I received the game yet), I finally received the game. Microsoft Studios and Turn 10 supplied me with a cool looking handbook that came with a tire pressure gauge, note pad, flash drive that looks like a key, and a pen – having all these accessories included with the game was very useful, because while I was playing the game, I would have to pause periodically to write down a quick note of something that caught my attention.

Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3 16 valve DTM Forza Motorsport 4 video game review Turn 10 Microsoft Xbox 360 Yoshi Shindo FM4

The first thing I noticed about the FM4 game was the incredible lighting – it’s a bit difficult to describe how incredibly well Turn 10 nailed the lighting in this game! Whether you were looking at your cars inside the garage or outside, they made it look like what you would see if you were actually in your garage looking at your car. I heard that they revamped the tire physics and handling of the cars, and noticed that in the new “simulation” mode, the car steers and reacts more like a real car. This is one of the reasons why I’ve been a fan of Forza, It doesn’t feel like a fictional arcade game – it’s closer to a driving simulator.

BMW M3 Forza Motorsport 4 video game review Turn 10 Microsoft Xbox 360 Yoshi Shindo FM4

Let’s take a minute to compare Forza 4 to other games like Need For Speed and Gran Turisimo. Both are great games, but I feel like the Need for Speed series is more of a “fantasy arcade-style” game, which doesn’t appeal to me as much as Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport 4. Gran Turismo, on the other hand, felt a bit incomplete because the ability to personalize your own cars in Gran Turismo is very, very basic. It didn’t even come close to Forza Motorsport 4 in this regard. Aside from engine, tire and suspension modifications, you never could really make the car “yours.”

Ford Thunderbird Forza Motorsport 4 video game review Turn 10 Microsoft Xbox 360 Yoshi Shindo FM4

With Forza 4, Turn 10 Studios also released more tracks for game players, such as Infineon Raceway, Bernese AlpsHockenheimringIndianapolis Motor Speedway, and the famous TopGear Test Track. I also noticed that they cut the New York Circuit from the previous Forza games.

Another thing that Forza 4 improves on drastically is the Online Multiplayer modes. I got the chance to play FM4 with a couple friends and noticed that the load times were much, much faster. They added a feature that allows you to join clubs or make your own clubs with your friends. This is cool, because by doing that, you can dominate the leader boards and share cars with other people in your club! I dig it.

Mercedes Benz E63 AMG Forza Motorsport 4 Turn 10 Microsoft Xbox 360 Yoshi Shindo

The Autovista Mode is another new feature in Forza 4. This mode lets you see some specially picked cars inside and out; it tells you all the specs and lets you feel like you’re actually playing around with the car. You can open all the doors, hood, and even trunk to see every little detail of the car. I find this pretty cool, because its not everyday that you can just pop the hood on an AMG Mercedes Benz, Lexus LF-A or Ferrari 458 Italia.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D Nissan S13 240sx Mercedes Benz 190E Forza Motorsport 4 Turn 10 Microsoft Xbox 360 Yoshi Shindo

Truth be told, the thing I do most in Forza is drifting. I LOVE DRIFTING in Forza! I don’t even know how many hours I’ve spent drifting in Forza. Over the span of my ‘career’ in Forza 2 and Forza 3, I’ve been fine tuning these cars to get as much angle as possible while still keeping them fast. I’ve played with tons of friends in Multiplayer Mode, so we could get some crazy tandem drift sessions going on as well! Today, just before I finished this review, my boys Jon Jaffe and Walker Wilkerson from Washington drift team Team Instant Party stopped by and built their own cars. Walker ended up on the FM4 Storefront to see what kind of paint designs they had up.He found a replica of his Formula D competition car and just had to buy it.

I know I’ve just barely cracked open all the features and possibilities of Forza Motorsport 4, but if you’re a true car fan, you NEED this game! I can NOT wait to play this game some more – I plan on beating the Career Mode and finishing all the events. I also can not wait for all the new DLC packs they will have for this! I’m sure many other die hard car guys and enthusiastic video game players will feel the same about Forza as well!

Find me on Xbox Live for some tandem drifting action under “MotorMavens.” Let’s go drifting!!!

::Yoshi Shindo

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15 Responses to “RANDOM DOPE> Forza Motorsport 4 Reviewed”

  1. Markus says:

    Nice review. I can totally relate to the “the game I could always turn to when I got sick of playing everything else” part. I can’t wait to finally get my hands FM4. Still gotta wait til Friday – Stupid european release date.

  2. Luigi says:

    The cars look plastic. Xbox just doesn’t have enough power for proper texturing/shadowing <:/.

  3. Phil says:

    I’m curious to know how in depth the customization goes. I’ve always loved the Forza Franchise, but felt they’ve lacked just a bit on the ability to make a car into your own. Things like being able to put stickers on the rear window, or run side graphics over the windows would be awesome..

    @Luigi, it’s a video game, not real life.

  4. I think the cars in the AutoVista mode look pretty damn real! That looks amazing!

  5. D1RGE.EXE says:

    Please don’t call it a simulator umless A) a PC can run it or B) it uses a wheel to play.

    I would love to play this game but Shift will always have those points over FM4 or GT5. Console “exclusives” will never be sims.

    Does this mean you guys have a new sponsor for MM?

  6. @D1RGE.EXE : Actually, I agree with you on that. It MUST use a wheel to play the game, if someone were to call it a sim. Even though I worked with the EA/NFS team when we were putting Speedhunters together, I honestly never got into playing video games hardcore, because I spent all my time shooting photos, traveling, or tinkering on my cars in real life.

    Our boy YOSHI, on the other hand, sits and plays Forza ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL night long. Every day, ALL day. Sometimes I wonder if he stops playing Forza long enough to take showers. LOL

    WE WISH that Turn10/Microsoft would sponsor MotorMavens… just think of what we could do if we actually had a BUDGET to do the things that we want to do! Right now, it’s nothing like that. We were just hit up with an advance copy of the Forza Motorsport 4 game, and I knew that Yoshi would key my cars if I didn’t give it to HIM to review! LOL He was texting me nonstop… “Hey dude, do you know if they sent it yet?” “Hey man… I just checked the mail. It’s not here yet. Did you give them the right address?” HAHAHA he is crazy! All good though! :)

  7. CJ says:

    Forza, no thanks, GT? Not likely. After playing a significant amount of iRacing, I can’t go back to the sim ‘games’, I need a real sim, which neither Forza or GT are.

  8. @CJ: Admittedly, I don’t know much about sims. In your opinion, what are the best racing simulators?

  9. Yoshi Shindo says:

    you guys have a good point. But honestly I would put racing sims like iRacing in a whole different catorgory. For a game that you can pick up for 60 bucks and play on your xbox I think it has to be the best game out there for that. I’ve owned nfs and gt5 and I still prefer the FM series.

    I also stated the fact that it’s more closer to a racing sim then an arcade game. I never said it’s a true racing sim. I would love to try the new fanatec wheel with kinect, I think that would help make it more realistic.

  10. Yosh: you should take one of the non running cars around the shop and make it into a lifesize arcade console! mount your TV where the windshield should be… it’s big enough! haha

  11. Universal Magnetic says:

    Are you guys kissing ass so that Microsoft will sponsor you? I HOPE SO! Having Motormavens pick up Microsoft as a sponsor would be EPIC because you could do all the cool shit that Speedhunters guys get to do, but in Motormavens fashion!

  12. Savant says:

    They need to add the RX3 and RX2 since they have the Datsun 510 The RX3 is a proven race winner

  13. Will says:

    They need alot more JDM cars. JZXs, escort mk1/mk2 a bunch of cars

  14. Tim says:

    @ Luigi

    Take a look around the forums, with extra attention to the multimedia thread.
    Check the photo’s, there are some really life like ones there.

    Love the game, will add you “MotorMavens”!

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